MR ROBIN SWANN MLA, Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman and his party’s Chief Whip has called the North Antrim community to “BEE busy and take full of a new fund which aims to boost the building trade throughout the constituency”.
Assemblyman Swann, the Chairperson of the Stormont Public Accounts Committee, called on constituents “to take full advantage of the SIF-funded #BEEproject”.
Assemblyman Swann issued his appeal after he met with local training provider PeoplePlus NI to discuss the opportunities available for local communities through the Building Employment through Education Project (#BEEproject), delivered on behalf of the Causeway Rural and Urban Network and funded by the Social Investment Fund.
Delivered across the northern region – including Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus, Larne and Moyle – the #BEEproject is an intergenerational project helping people re-engage with their local communities through education and employment.
At an open day held at Stormont to promote the Executive funded programme, Mr Swann heard of the project’s successes so far working in schools, including the delivery of over 700 employability assessment days, 5,000 free breakfasts across six different schools and CV preparation courses which have helped hundreds of people.
The second stage of the project includes the delivery of community-led courses on a variety of topics, including health and wellbeing, forklift truck driving, sewing, employability skills, pottery IT, anxiety management and many more.
Speaking about the #BEEproject, PeoplePlus NI Managing Director Tina McKenzie said: “Intergenerational unemployment is a significant issue across Northern Ireland, and one which PeoplePlus NI is determined to tackle.
“This project maximises the power of community education by giving communities the confidence to re-engage with the local employment market, as we work with local schools to ensure the next generation are prepared for a dramatically reshaped world of work.”
Following the #BEEproject open day at Stormont, Assemblyman Swann said: “If we are to ensure the North Antrim economy is not just kick-started, but roars into top gear in terms of job creation, we need valuable schemes such as the #BEEproject to succeed.”
Constituents in the Northern region (including Newtownabbey, Larne, Carrickfergus, and Ballycastle) who are interested in learning more about the #BEEproject can contact PeoplePlus NI at 028 9521 3215.